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Published January 10th 2014
Tickle a star fish and pat a sea slug at the Sydney Aquarium
A visit to the Sydney Sea Life Aquarium in Darling Harbour is like going on an underwater adventure without getting wet. It's an amazing experience to see stingrays, sharks, dugongs and fish glide over your head and swim beside you as you walk through over 100 metres of glass underwater viewing tunnels.

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While away your day under the sea with dugongs, giant stingrays, sharks and marine life of every colour.

Talks are given every half hour at various locations throughout the aquarium on the diverse variety of marine life. During our visit we were present for the stingray feed and talk in the Bay of Rays, and watched the dugongs devouring their lettuce and learnt some amazing dugong facts in Dugong Island. We also watched the sharks feed in the Reef Theatre.

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Stingray feeding and talk in the Bay of Rays

Dugong, Sea Cow, Mermaid, Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, Darling Harbour, Sydney Aquarium
The two dugongs at the aquarium eat a daily diet of of up to 90kg of lettuce.

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The Reef Theatre.

The aquarium features an incredible 12,000 animals from 650 species in 10 exhibits designed to take you on a journey around Australia; Streams and Billabongs, Sydney Harbour, Rocky Shores, Bay of Rays, Mangrove Swamps, South Coast Shipwreck, Saws and Claws, Dugong Island, Shark Walk & Shark Valley, and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Bright and colourful marine life can be seen throughout the aquarium.

At the Discovery Rock Pool you can dip your fingers in the water and feel the different textures and shapes of some of the more tame marine life including sea stars, hermit crabs, shells, sea urchins, shark eggs and more. But, remember although you can touch, you definitely can't take them out of the water.
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Dip your fingers in the water and feel the differant textures of the rock pool creatures.

Ticket Prices
Ticket prices vary, with significant savings being able to be made depending on the packages you buy and the way you do your purchasing. For a family of four if you purchase on the day the cost is $124. However, if you pre-purchase online the cost is $79, saving up to $45. Alternatively there are opportunities to buy the Merlin Annual pass and receive 12 months unlimited entry to 11 attractions. Or simply purchase tickets to two or more attractions for the day.

If, like me, you are a member of Flybuys, you can redeem your Flybuys reward points in return for tickets to this and other attractions within the Merlin Group. This is a great way to use your Flybuys points and have a great family day out. I used mine for tickets to the Aquarium and the Sydney Tower Eye.

While you are there you might want to value add to your experience and go on the glass bottom boat ride for $10 per person or $15 per person at the 11am shark feed time. Or join the behind the scenes tours at 11.30am and 2pm for just $25 per person.

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Why? For an underwater adventure where you donít get wet.
When: 8.00am to 8pm daily. Last entry 7pm.
Where: Aquarium Wharf, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Cost: Varies. See article for details.
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